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Price questions linger for over-the-counter birth control pills

Perrigo Opil The oral contraceptive pill is expected to be released in the first quarter of this year. The company did not disclose the retail price of the pills, and a spokesperson said it is working to “ensure that its products are available to those who need them.”

Officials hope to avoid a similar situation when OTC hearing aids become available in 2022.The final cost of the product is much higher more than what people would have paid in insurance.

In anticipation of the product hitting retail stores, lawmakers and activists are calling on the federal government to make Opil affordable to most consumers.

California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) led other Democratic governors in calling on the Department of Health and Human Services to: Expand private insurance coverage Even OTC products.

“Without coverage with low or no out-of-pocket costs, over-the-counter contraceptives would be far less accessible,” the governors wrote.

Research shows that the majority of women of reproductive age (approximately 40 percent) are willing to pay.
between $1 and $10
But only 16% paid more than $20 a month.

The Free the Pill campaign steering committee told Perrigo this week: 3 months of Opill costs $15.

“We also advocate for full insurance coverage of OTC contraceptives without a prescription or cost-sharing, but because U.S. health insurance is often tied to employment, high retail prices make OTC contraceptives more expensive. “We also know that it can be unaffordable for people who: Don’t have employer-based insurance,” the group wrote.

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